Monica Brink


Posted by Monica Brink Apr 26, 2012
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BMC Software will be at IDUG, the DB2 user conference in Denver, Colorado from May 14th - 18th. Stop by the BMC Software booth (#206) to talk about strategies for reducing cost and improving performance on your mainframe.


For more conference details and a registration link, go to:


Be sure to catch the following BMC presentations that will be delivered at IDUG:


Topic: Optimize Your SQL and Save a Few MIPS…or More.

Presenter:   Michael Cotignola, DB2 Software Consultant, BMC Software



Abstract: DB2 on z/OS continues to be the work horse DBMS for most business applications in the vast majority of organizations worldwide. SQL workload is growing and getting more complex, yet the resources to manage it effectively are shrinking. DB2 10 promises to deliver “savings out of the box”, but not without effort in some cases.



Learn how application developers and DBAs can use the BMC SQL Performance Solution to maximize those savings while improving application performance. In this session, you will see:


- how to compare workloads before and after migration to ensure optimal performance

- learn how an intelligent index strategy can save MIPS and improve response times

- understand how to reduce peak MIPS with application tuning

- eliminate unnecessary REORGS

- Reduce CPU by eliminating frequent/undetected errors

- Exploit zIIP processors to reduce GP workload



Topic:  Mainframe Cost Optimization Examples for DB2

Presenter:  Bill Moran, Principal Software Consultant, BMC Software


Abstract: Mainframe Systems Management is increasingly becoming more of an art than just a science. Today, open systems and the World Wide Web have increased demand upon the mainframe, and the need to monitor and manage mainframe resources effectively has become increasingly important. You will see the impact of BMC Software’s continued investment in our mainframe DB2 solutions, delivering new, exclusive functionality and the value of BMC’s commitment to the mainframe.


So, how can you reduce costs and get more mainframe value?


  • Use Intelligent Tools – Use the best tools available to support the business and IT operations
  • Manage Performance – Automate monitoring and tune applications to improve processing 
  • Exploit Specialty Processors – Reduce monthly variable workload charges and extend capacity through low-cost methods
  • Manage Capacity – Optimize the balance between business demand and low cost processing



You will hear an overview of BMC's Mainframe Cost Optimization focus, solutions to manage and reduce costs, analytical tools to help measure DB2 focused solutions and the process to execute including real life examples.

Jonathan Adams

Baby, you're a rich man

Posted by Jonathan Adams Apr 17, 2012
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With sincere apologies to the Beatles...


How does it feel to be

One of the technical people?

Baby, you're a rich man

Baby, you're a rich man

Baby. you're a rich man too

You make all your money from a mainframe job ... what a thing to do!


People are starting to realize what we've known all along. Working with mainframes is cool, and it can be lucrative.


Check out this article from SHARE that says many mainframe jobs pay quite well.


When people tell you that the mainframe is dead, you can laugh all the way to the bank.


The postings in this blog are my own and don't necessarily represent BMC's opinion or position.
Jonathan Adams

Blast from the past

Posted by Jonathan Adams Apr 9, 2012
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Check out this guy from 1970.


Times have changed, to be sure.  What is that wand in the foreground? And was it a requirement to wear a sweater that matched your mainframe in those days?


One thing that remains the same is that mainframes still provide the most power for processing massive amounts of data.


What were you doing in 1970?  I was in school...but can you guess what grade?

The postings in this blog are my own and don't necessarily represent BMC's opinion or position.

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